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Name: Scott Padgett
College: Kentucky
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 229
Class: Senior
Position: Small Forward
Other Position: Power Forward profile
Scott Padgett
Stats (Provided by JazzyJ)
                  G  MIN  FG  FGA  3P 3PA  FT FTA  REB  PF AST  TO BLK STL  PTS
94-95 Kentucky   14   53   7   25   4  13  10  12   17  10   4   3   1   3   28
95-96 Kentucky                    Did Not Play - Ineligible
96-97 Kentucky   32  759 100  245  47 138  61  80  162  91  56  57  16  48  308
97-98 Kentucky   37 1018 153  319  39  99  77  92  244  86  79  84  27  46  422
98-99 Kentucky   37 1075 156  335  61 160  94 138  217  84  96  66  24  47  467
TOTALS          120 2905 416  924 151 410 242 322  640 271 235 210  68 144 1225
                  MIN   FG%   3P%   FT%  RPG  APG  TPG  BPG  SPG   PPG
94-95 Kentucky    3.8  28.0  30.8  83.3  1.2  0.3  0.2  0.1  0.2   2.0
95-96 Kentucky              Did Not Play - Ineligible
96-97 Kentucky   23.7  40.8  34.1  76.3  5.1  1.8  1.8  0.5  1.5   9.6
97-98 Kentucky   27.5  48.0  39.4  83.7  6.6  2.1  2.3  0.7  1.2  11.4
98-99 Kentucky   29.1  46.6  38.1  68.1  5.9  2.6  1.8  0.6  1.3  12.6
TOTALS           24.2  45.0  36.8  75.2  5.3  2.0  1.8  0.6  1.2  10.2

Scouting reports

Scout: JazzyJ

 Scott Padgett certainly completed his career at Kentucky as one  of the great winners in the history of the program. After a regular  season that wasn't particularly spectacular, Padgett stepped it up  in the post-season, and if it weren't for his clutch play against  Kansas in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats would have  exited in the 2nd round. When Kentucky looked like it was dead  against Michigan State in the Elite Eight, it was Padgett that made  things interesting before UK eventually lost. Who would have  ever thought that he would reach these heights after his high  school career?

 Out of high school, Padgett was a very lightly regarded prospect,  and his choosing of Kentucky over Louisville (being a Louisville  native) was perhaps the only thing many observers really knew  about him. After a non-descript freshman year with limited playing  time, Padgett struggled in the classroom and was academically  ineligible to play the following year (UK's title team in '96), and  spent the year working, away from school. However, he was  welcomed back to the team in the fall of '97, and after he became  eligible, immediately garnered solid playing time. His play was big  in helping UK reach the finals once again in '97. As a junior,  Padgett cemented himself in the starting lineup at power forward,  and was a key cog of Kentucky's '98 title team. It was his clutch  3 in the regional finals versus Duke that capped Kentucky's  brilliant comeback in that game. There were a lot of expectations  out of Padgett for his senior season, almost so much that it would  have been impossible for him to live up to. But while he eventually  did not live up to the lofty expectations, Padgett did have a solid  senior campaign, where he became a team leader and was the  team's go-to guy in the clutch. Padgett finished his career in UK's  hallowed 1000 point club.

 Padgett's big strength is his versatility. His outside shooting is  tremendous for someone his size, and even though he struggled a  bit at the beginning of 1998-99 with the 3, he was able to recoup  late in the year. Padgett also has a decent inside game with a few  post moves. He is solid on the defensive boards, and plays good  team defense. One of the main questions surrounding Padgett is  his overall speed and quickness. He projects to be a small  forward in the pros, and observers wonder if he'll be able to keep  up with the Scottie Pippens and Grant Hills at the SF spot. While  he has decent size, he may not be big enough to play PF on a  full-time basis. He has a little "tweener" in him defensively, but  offensively, he should be able to do fine at either position,  especially with his strength at outside shooting.  Padgett silenced some doubters with his excellent play at the Nike  Desert Classic, the second of the three pre-draft camps. He not  only shot the ball well, but surprised some observers with his  lateral quickness. He made the all-tournament team and will likely  play again in the Chicago camp.

 Projection? At least the late first round, especially with a good  performance in Chicago. Padgett is a solid prospect who has  learned the game well from Pitino and Smith at Kentucky, and  that should bode well for his transition into the pro game,  especially considering the players that have made the NBA from  UK in recent years.

Scout: Phil Nation

Scott Padgett comes to play basketball every night, something he put on display this past season at Kentucky.

Padgett can play either forward, and I see him playing mostly power forward in the NBA with some occasional minutes at small forward. He is a very good shooter and an excellent passer offensively, and he handles the ball well for someone his size. His game offensively doesn't fit that of a traditional small or power forward; as good a shooter as he is, he is not good at taking the ball to the basket, and he does not have much of a post game. Defensively, he is a good rebounder.

Padgett showed this past season that he can play against the best and when there is much on the line. He played great basketball in the NCAA Tournament, hitting many clutch baskets and making the plays one expects a senior leader to make. He also shined at the postseason camps. He has a very good grasp of the mental aspects of the game, which will allow him to play somewhere in the NBA.

Padgett will be a nice pickup for someone either late in the first round or in the second round. A team drafting early in the second round would do well to grab him for his leadership abilities.

Craig Simpson - Usenet Draft Commissioner

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